Sure, we know who has our favorite pluots or who bakes a mean vegan brownie, but every vendor has their own story. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine these people outside of the market setting, but many of our vendors Read more
Perhaps one of the best things about this Summer-Fall hybrid season is apples! As many MCM shoppers know, everything you thought you knew about apples before is probably not even half the story.
With over 30 years of experience, Dave Read more
As I approached the youth surveyor’s booth at MCM last Thursday, all six surveyors were engaged in conversation with a passer-by. They looked relaxed and in charge, fielding questions about where to use the bathroom even as they explained Read more
In the spirit of the movement, we’d like to introduce
Local Artist & Printmaker Michael Roman
According to his site, “Michael Roman is an activist. He rails against the injustices of the world in his work, yet his work walks between the lines of reality and unreality and connects the dots of consequences.”
See more of Roman’s art here. He will have his handmade stencils and screenprints for sale at the market this week.
“Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roman moved to New York in the mid-70s, and began making handmade stencils and screen prints. Roman’s colorful, traditional images merge Mexican style with Warhol techniques to adorn wood, canvas, metal, and fabric. He has created work for Carlos Santana, Madonna, and Keith Richards. He lives in San Francisco but keeps a heart and foot in Oaxaca, where he travels each year to celebrate the Day of the Dead at his gallery, La Mano Magica.”
Featured Treats – Fresh Tomatero Eggs and Local Arizmendi Breads
This week Arizmendi Bakery will be joining us with their savory and sweet concoctions, as well as Tomatero Farm, who will be bringing their pasture-raised eggs that are firm, bright and delicious. Straight from the famer, “our eggs are so fresh they could have been produced less than 24 hours from when you purchase them!”
Local Artisan, Jeffrey May, makes one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery as Smokin’ Pottery, “individually hand crafted to provide the best quality possible.” He will be selling his fire glazed pieces this week, keep an eye out and snag something that supports local artists and will last much longer than machine made.
For Your Entertainment
We are committed to providing quality community arts and music programming, i.e. having fun!! If you or an artist you know is interested in showcasing talents with us, please write our arts co-ordinator Jean@missioncommunitymarket.org. We are especially looking to start doing bigger monthly events, so please stay tuned and keep us in the loop if you have ideas! Thankq!
Beginning this season at MCM, we will match $1 for every $1 spent through CalFresh (EBT) as part of the Mission Health Promotora Project (MCM’s bilingual nutrition outreach program, with CARECEN and Urban Sprouts). Our mission is to engage all peoples and families in the Mission and provide better access to healthy, fresh foods.
Mission Mercado Match is brought to you this season (2012) thanks to a grant from Rainbow Grocery. Find us at the info table at 22nd and Bartlett Street for more info.
As some of you already know, Mission Community Market supports an array of local arts and music.
We are partnering with various muralist organizations, to help beautify the market location and showcase emerging and established artists.
Upcoming mural projects include a new youth mural to be installed with the help of artist Chris Treggiari. Another mural is planned, pending funding, for this summer. Stay tuned!
Youth Mural Panel with Chris Treggiari of Root Division
San Francisco’s StreetSmARTs program supported the Amate Mission mural, painted on the Mission Market wall and we are very grateful for their support. StreetsSmARTs is a collaboration between the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) that aims to restore San Francisco’s stature as a recognized, international destination for mural art. MCM looks forward to working with StreetSmARTs on future murals. If you’d like to support a mural or improvements to the streetscape (e.g. planters, fences, and trash areas), you can support MCM here.
Recognize this stretch of Bartlett? It’s between 21st and 22nd, right by the old Giant Value. Maybe you’ve seen the awesome mural featuring two enormous, majestic seals. The rest of the block’s a little run-down, but lately it’s been perking up, thanks to the Mission Community Market, which just kicked off a new season yesterday.
Executive Director Jeremy Shaw, the city planning department, the Neighborhood Parks Council, businesses like La Cocina, 18 Reasons, and oodles of other collaborators have big plans for this space, and from the looks of the market’s opening day, they’re right on track.
It’s currently the only market where you’ll be able to buy goods from Little City Gardens, a one-acre farm in SF (yep, a whole acre of farmland within the city limits!). These awesome ladies are making waves in the world of urban food production, they created the city’s very first CSA program, and they’ve got an impressive 25-part salad mix for you to try.
Edible flowers! Note the salad mix testimonials under the basket. One of my favorites: “Like a little garden in your bowl.”
Hey, more delicious food from an awesome local producer. I was into the pomelos.
4505 chicharrones blowin’ in the wind. We missed the worst of last night’s storm, but the vendor tents still got some pretty healthy gusts of air. Jeremy reminded me this won’t be a concern when the stalls are made permanent (told you they had big plans for this market).
Sampled some nutty, delicious cocoa nibs straight from the bean, courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate, who will be opening a storefront on Valencia in a few months.
And bubbles! Toys and games (don’t miss the stack of hula hoops back there) were courtesy of Urban Sprouts, who’ll be doing healthy cooking demos at future markets. Bilingual nutrition education and healthy food incentives play a big part in the grand MCM plan. And there’s live music, too.
This market is gonna blow up. Check it out this season on Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.